The road from concept to production isn’t always a smooth one, sometimes the wild lines of a concept make it almost impossible for a concept to reach the road. Every now and again though one slips through the net and a car makes it to the road looking as good as it did on the stand. Here’s Diesel Cars Top 5 translations from concept to reality.
Shown in 2007 as the 308 RCZ, initially there were no plans to put the Peugeot into production. However, with such a positive reaction to the concept car, the French car maker reversed that decision. When it launched in 2010, it was met with almost universal praise and apart from some subtle changes in proportion, it looked almost identical to the show car.
MINI has a strong track record with its concept vehicles and more often than not, they closely foreshadow the production version. The MINI Crossover Concept delivered heavy hints of what the Countryman would end up like, which landed a couple of years after the concept car.
The Audi TT was first shown in 1995 and moved Audi into the heart of the sports car market. Based on the Volkswagen Golf, the TT has became incredibly popular since it first when on sale in 1998 looking remarkably similar to the original concept.
The Scirocco was something of an 80s icon and a popular car in the VW scene. When the IROC concept appeared in 2006, it hinted heavily at a new VW coupe. Two years later it arrived as the Scirocco, almost unchanged from its original concept.
Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque is the latest in a string of hits for Jaguar Land Rover. It’s formed a key part of JLR’s sales success since launching in 2011. It made its debut three years earlier, as the Land Rover LRX and drew huge amounts of attention. Once launched, it continued to garner positive press, thanks in no small part to its concept car looks.